Small town midwest high school of 500, the building has been evacuated but you and 5 others make your way back to take shelter in the school. What do you do? This is open ended-- what room do you sleep in, what do you use for weapons, etc. Basically, how to do you fortify the building to hold off against the undead?
Most schools have a basement that is a designated tornado shelter - would you go underground or stay above ground?
Personally I would stay above ground, there are many more resources and advantages.
Also, my school was designed in the mid-1900's to have a fallout shelter. It 's basically a small, thick concrete hallway that runs underneath a few of the hallways. I wouldn't go in though, that'd be where I'd dump the corpses. Don't want them lying around, right?
What do I do? First thing I do is cut the line to the elevator and replace them with a rope ladder, then keep the doors open. Then destroy the stairs completely. Then go to the cafeteria and look for all the food that has yet to rot and store it on the top floor. Then set up a back corner near the window as the main B.O.O.(base of operations), and leave the windows open but close the shades. Then lock all the doors, set up lookouts, and im pretty well set for a while.
For weapons? Well...hmm... maybe some knives in the kitchen and some chair legs. Take doors and attach them to some ropes, then hang them above the stair case that I would no destroy. Drag the doors back up the stairs and set a few trip wires that release them when triggered. Door goes flying down the stair, bitch slaps the zed. Also rig the stairs to explode if the top step is pressed down with oil from the basement. Go to the wood/metal shop and look for anything good, like saws or nail guns. My high school had a few nail guns, and if I was forced to move back in there now I would rig them to fire from the ceiling straight down, killing a zed if a trap is used. Go to the art room and take some cheese wire and string it up in a door frame and put a door on a rope behind it. Sit in the room, attract zed, activate the door swing-slice!
Sounds like a lot of work, you would obviously plan for a long-term stay. You would have to have a lot of ingenuity in your group, but all of it sounds feasible. Very creative.
I'd suggest we take refuge on the 2nd floor, and use the chairs & tables and stuff to form two levels of barricades. #1 is to block the main entrances & main halls leading outside. lvl 2 block is at the stairs, just pile stuff there to block the stairs, only leave on stair open for access and even that its partially blocked with stuff at the top that can be pushed in place if needed.
All the rooms with windows on the exterior are locked, stuff piled up against the windows.
the exterior/perimeter fence would be locked to prevent people & zombie access to the school's buildings.
weapons- raid the science lab, autoshop, etc and build ourselves some guns (muskets) and machetes by taking some steel and giving it a good edge.
take inventory of the caterferia, eat the food that can spoil first.
And generally move everything of value upstairs, in case people or zeds broke in we wouldn't really loose any resources as everything is upstairs.
That's more along the lines of what I was thinking, securing the entire building instead of only using a section.I'd rather keep it simple (similar to yours). I'll post my plan later today.
Thats a good plan!
I live in Brazil, so most of the schools around here have more than one floor. Choosing the 2nd floor is a great idea, but I got to say that destroy the stairs was a good idea. No one without a brain can climb. Even a rope ladder. Barricade is not a priority since most of school have a strong gate to close the entrances.
Gather water is a priority that most of people forget. You cannot live without water for more than 3~4 days. Dirty water gives you diseases.
One thing you should think about is that more people around your neighborhood could consider about hide at the school too. Some of these people could be dangerous, well equiped and in more number than you. Just saying.
There's no place safe, just safer. I think I'd rather keep moving than staying in one place for the rest of my (short) life.
This is a good post, man! Well done!